Friday 05 July 2013
West Bromwich Albion have announced Nicolas Anelka as their first summer signing. The former France striker has penned a one-year deal, with a further year’s option in the club’s favour, after passing a medical.
"Hopefully he will be able to inspire the other players to even greater heights"
The 34-year-old was a free agent after leaving Juventus at the end of last season and will wear the No 39 shirt for the Baggies.
Sixteen years and four months after first joining the Barclays Premier League, Anelka will be signing for his sixth club in the competition, having played for Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea. He is joint-12th in the all-time Barclays Premier League scoring chart with 123 goals and West Brom head coach Steve Clarke was delighted to sign a player with whom he worked at Stamford Bridge in 2008.
“We are missing a bit of firepower from last year – we’re trying to put that right – and to kick off with the signing of Nicolas at the start of the summer is a great boost for everyone at the club,” he said. “The sole focus at the club is trying to build on what we did last season.
“The more quality players you can bring to the club the better – and no-one can question Nicolas’ quality. He’s a player I have worked with before as I was at Chelsea when they signed him.
“He’s got a great work ethic, looks after himself and is a consummate professional. If you add that to the obvious talent he’s got he can prove to be a really top signing for the club.
“His experience with some of the top clubs in England and Europe will stand the group in good stead. Hopefully he will be able to inspire the other players to even greater heights than we managed to achieve last year.”
Anelka is set to become only the seventh player to score for six clubs in the Barclays Premier League.
The six to have done so are:
Nick Barmby (Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough, Everton, Liverpool, Leeds United and Hull City)
Marcus Bent (Crystal Palace, Ipswich Town, Leicester City, Everton, Charlton Athletic, Wigan Athletic)
Les Ferdinand (Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Leicester, Bolton Wanderers)
Craig Bellamy (Coventry City, Newcastle, Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool, West Ham, Manchester City)
Andrew Cole (Newcastle, Manchester United, Blackburn, Fulham, Man City, Portsmouth)
Peter Crouch (Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool, Tottenham, Stoke City)
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